Long Island Sound Program

 

To (1) implement the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) and (2) assist the states of Connecticut and New York, and other public or nonprofit entities in conducting research, experiments, investigations, training, demonstration, surveys, or studies related to reducing pollution and improving the quality of the environment to sustain living resources in the Long Island Sound.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015: EPA's funding priority is to award grants that support the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) National Estuary Program. Section 119(d) of the Clean Water Act as amended by the Long Island Sound Restoration Act of 2000, P.L. 106-457 authorizes the Administrator to award grants to eligible entities to implement the LISS Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), with special emphasis on implementation, research and planning, enforcement, and citizen involvement and education projects. The LISS management conference, with participants from state, interstate and regional environmental agencies, local governments and other public or nonprofit private agencies, research institutions and individuals, develops programs to protect and restore Long Island Sound. The LISS program characterizes the problems in the estuary, determines relationships between pollutant loading and impacts on living resources, maintains a comprehensive plan recommending solutions to priority problems, and implements actions addressing priority problem areas. Activities will focus on six areas identified in the plan as requiring special attention, including: the impact of hypoxia on aquatic life, effects of toxic contamination, pathogen contamination and floatable debris pollution on the living resources and environment of the Sound, the impact of habitat degradation on the health of living resources, land use and development policies and their effect on the ecology, and scientific research in support of these areas as appropriate.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.437
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Water
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: In FY 14, the LIS program reduced the areal extent of the hypoxic event in Long Island Sound from a pre-TMDL average of 208 square miles to a post-TMDL average of 170.3 square miles; restored or protected 410 acres of coastal habitat; and reopened 21.63 river miles to diadromous fish passage. In FY 14, the program goal to reduce nitrogen deposition to the Sound by 85% was at 94% toward that goal, an improvement over the target. Fiscal Year 2015: EPA grantees for the Long Island Sound Futures Fund grant program and the Long Island Sound Scientific Research grant program hold competitions throughout the year based on available funds and Long Island Sound Study priorities. The number of applications and the number of awards made is dependent on the announcement issued. The announcement includes the number of anticipated awards. FY 15 data is not yet available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Clean Water Act, Section 119(d).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State, interstate, and regional water pollution control agencies, and other public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions, and organizations are eligible. Private profit-making entities, and individuals, are not eligible. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Assistance under this program generally benefits state, interstate, and regional water pollution control agencies and other public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions, and organizations. The general public and Long Island Sound user groups such as swimmers, beach goers, sport and commercial fishermen, boaters, and shellfishes, benefit from the results of the program through cleaner water, restored and protected habitat, and preserved and enhanced ecosystems.
Credentials/Documentation
Nonprofit private agencies, institutions and organizations may be required to provide documentation of their organizational status upon application. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
The EPA Long Island Sound Office (LISO) issues annual guidance on the form and content of pre-proposals. All pre-proposals or work statements should be consistent with LISO's guidance. Consultation or technical assistance may be available upon request from the LISO to aid applicants in preparing their pre-proposal. Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. An environmental impact statement or environmental impact assessment is not required for this program. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
The EPA LISO annually releases a request for base program pre-proposals in the Fall. Pre-proposals are due to the LISO generally by early January or as specified in guidance. The LISS management committee reviews pre-proposals in late January to identify areas of concern and to request additional information or clarification on proposals through the LISO. The LISO coordinates review of pre-proposals among the several LISS technical work groups and teams to ensure consistency with program goals and objectives as outlined in the CCMP and other priorities as directed by the management committee. If necessary, applicants are contacted by the LISO to provide the additional information or clarification. The LISO coordinates review of the revised proposals and develops funding recommendations for the management committee's consideration in April. The management committee makes final recommendations on funding pre-proposals at that time, or as otherwise specified. Applicants are advised of the status of their request by the LISO within 30 days of the management committee's final decisions. Successful applicants are required to submit formal grant applications using the standard federal grant application forms. The deadline for submitting applications may vary by EPA Region, but is generally June 1. Applications not received by the deadline are not further considered for funding. Unallocated funds are carried over or otherwise used to further the purposes of this program at the discretion of the management committee. Federal grant application forms may be obtained on the EPA website, http://www.epa.gov/ogd/AppKit/index.htm or requested from either the EPA Region I or II grants management office as follows: for Connecticut, EPA Region I, Grants Management Office, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109; for New York, EPA Region II, Grants and Contracts Management Branch, 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007-1866. The standard federal grant application forms as required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable must be used for this program. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov. The completed grant application should be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional grants management office, with a copy to the LISO to assist with processing.







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Award Procedure
Each federal assistance application and final work plan will be evaluated by the LISO to determine the adequacy of the application under LISS priorities and objectives, including technical merit and relevance of the project to the implementation of the CCMP and for consistency with the pre-application proposal. Each federal assistance award application will also be subject to an administrative review by the EPA Region I or II grants management office as appropriate. Funds are awarded by the EPA Region I or II Administrator as appropriate. Grantees will receive a final assistance award package from the appropriate EPA Regional grants management office that must be accepted and signed by an authorized official of the recipient organization and returned to the GMO as specified in the EPA award document. Awards may be made on an advance or reimbursement basis. Awards that are not signed and returned by the deadline specified in the assistance award document may be subject to cancellation. For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Notification of action on pre-proposals is provided approximately 120 days after the deadline for pre-proposal submission. Final grantees are notified of approval approximately 90 days after the submission of the application for federal assistance.
Appeals
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals
Renewals are subject to approval of EPA.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to implement elements of the LISS CCMP. Special emphasis shall be give to CCMP implementation projects, research and planning, enforcement, and citizen involvement and education projects. The Administrator may give priority to a distressed community as defined in 33 USC 1269(e)(1). Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Agreements require semi-annual and final progress reports, and expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports. Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the grant regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable. Program reports are required under this program. Cash reports are required under this program. Progress reports are required under this program. Expenditure reports are required under this program. Performance monitoring is required under this program.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Records
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula (33 USC 1269(d)(3)). Federal costs for citizen involvement and education grants shall not exceed 95 percent of the costs of such work; for all other grants and cooperative agreements, federal costs shall not exceed 50 percent of the research, studies, or work. EPA has determined that annual matching requirements for LISS grant awards shall be met in the aggregate for all funds awarded as specified in the approved annual work plan.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance agreements are generally made for a one-year period corresponding to the federal fiscal year, October-September. Awards may be made for longer periods upon justification and with the approval of EPA. Awards may be made by advance or reimbursement at the discretion of EPA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. USEPA Long Island Sound Office, Government Center, 888 Washington Boulevard, Suite 9-11, Stamford, Connecticut 06904; Telephone, (203) 977-1541; FAX, (203) 977-1546. Attention: Mark Tedesco. E-mail: tedesco.mark@epa.gov.
Headquarters Office
Paul Cough USEPA Office of Water; Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds; Oceans and Coastal Protection Division (MC 5404T); 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460. Contact: Paul Cough, Telephone: (202) 566-1200; FAX: (202) 566-1334; E-mail: cough.paul@epa.gov, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: cough.paul@epa.gov Phone: 202-566-1200
Website Address
http://longislandsoundstudy.net/
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0108-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $3,904,200; FY 15 est $3,904,200; and FY 16 est $2,488,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $20,000 to $1,432,877/fiscal year; Average: $438,611/fiscal year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
LISS grants and cooperative agreements are subject to grant regulations at 40 CFR Part 35, 2 CFR 200 and 1500; annual EPA Office of Water National Estuaries Program guidance; the LISS CCMP, and Long Island Sound 2003 or successor Agreement.






Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Grants and cooperative agreements awarded to states and local governments, colleges, universities, interstate agencies and nonprofit organizations are for nonpoint source implementation, scientific research, water quality monitoring and modeling, public education and outreach, living resources management, habitat restoration and program support. Examples are listed as follows: (1) Hypoxia: sustain and accelerate efforts to meet the LISS nutrient reduction goals in the nitrogen Total Maximum Daily Load to attain water quality conditions necessary to support the living resources of the Sound; (2) Habitat Restoration: restore and protect living resources, their habitats and ecological relationships; (3) Water Quality Monitoring: collect water quality samples at monitoring stations in Long Island Sound and interpret data on Long Island Sound and embayments. (4) Communication/Outreach: Provide communication, outreach and education components of the LISS partnership; (5) Modeling: develop, calibrate, and manage the application of linked airshed-watershed-estuarine hydrodynamic-water quality-living resources models to support the LISS for understanding the nutrient and sediment affects in the Long Island Sound estuary system and (6) Research: investigate causes and effects of eutrophication on water quality and living marine resources; study factors affecting abundance and distribution of submerged aquatic vegetation, food web dynamics, and tidal wetland loss. Fiscal Year 2015: Grants and cooperative agreements awarded to states and local governments, colleges, universities, interstate agencies and nonprofit organizations are for nonpoint source implementation, scientific research, water quality monitoring and modeling, public education and outreach, living resources management, habitat restoration and program support. Examples are listed as follows: (1) Hypoxia: sustain and accelerate efforts to meet the LISS nutrient reduction goals in the nitrogen Total Maximum Daily Load to attain water quality conditions necessary to support the living resources of the Sound; (2) Habitat Restoration: restore and protect living resources, their habitats and ecological relationships; (3) Water Quality Monitoring: collect water quality samples at monitoring stations in Long Island Sound and interpret data on Long Island Sound and embayments. (4) Communication/Outreach: Provide communication, outreach and education components of the LISS partnership; (5) Modeling: develop, calibrate, and manage the application of linked airshed-watershed-estuarine hydrodynamic-water quality-living resources models to support the LISS for understanding the nutrient and sediment affects in the Long Island Sound estuary system and (6) Research: investigate causes and effects of eutrophication on water quality and living marine resources; study factors affecting abundance and distribution of submerged aquatic vegetation, food web dynamics, and tidal wetland loss. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available